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  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    February 27, 2013

    The “I wants” are big in my house. Especially my daughter. If her brother picks up a toy that she likes(but isn’t playing with), it’s all hell breaks loose until she gets it back. It’s her age but I also want her to not take for granted what she has. I don’t have a gratitude jar but the hubs and I have been listing a few things we are grateful for before bed each night. Maybe I need to start including the kiddos. It could be kind of fun to hear what they say – spiderman, Hello Kitty…:)
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  2. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    February 27, 2013

    One of the things my mom made me do every night growing up when we were sitting down for family dinner is come up with three things I was thankful for that day as well as one random act of kindness I did for someone else. It definitely helped me think of others a little more! It’s something I plan on continuing with my own children :)
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  3. misszippy
    February 27, 2013

    I love the idea of a gratitude jar with the kids. I think making sure kids have gratitude, and not a sense of entitlement, is one of the hardest things in our society of excess. I haven’t done as good a job as I would like to, but I am making sure that my oldest is involved in mission work and small good deeds via our church youth group. I also try to model gratitude for my kids–my youngest in particular can use this–she has a big case of the “not fairs,” quite often!

    I think you’re doing a great job!
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  4. Miz
    February 27, 2013


    we are rapidly filling our jar and it has been an amazing experience so far…and we’re only 60some days into 2013!
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  5. Natalie
    February 27, 2013

    The “I wants” and “It’s not fair” is huge in my house these days. It’s really frustratig, too. I am working on showing my kids that they shouldn’t take what they have for granted. It’s a slow and steady process.
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  6. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    February 27, 2013

    I started my Grateful Jar at the beginning of the year. It’s filling up but many day I forget about writing things down and placing them in the jar…but I’m getting better. Good luck!
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  7. lindsay
    February 27, 2013

    you are so wise! i love the idea of a gratitude jar! Teach them while they are young, before it’s too late. I feel like the younger the generation, the more they feel like they are “owed” things. We need to change that!
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  8. Kierston
    February 27, 2013

    The gratitude jar!
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  9. Becky @ RunFunDone
    February 27, 2013

    I love the aquarium pic!

    You’re such a thoughtful parent!
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  10. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    February 27, 2013

    What a very perfect quote! I love that so much. I really try so hard to find happiness and gratitude each day – to be thankful for the little things. They add up. And it sure beats counting up all the negatives!
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  11. Kat
    February 27, 2013

    I really need to start a gratitude jar. Hubs and I have a routine of grace at every meal but a meaningful one. We thank God for our day, our health and patience through our workweek etc…it’s much needed!
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  12. Adrienne
    February 27, 2013

    Gratitude is something we all need to live a more peaceful life. We spend so much time focused on what we don’t have that we miss what’s right in front of us. Such a shame. (speaking to myself here)
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  13. Amanda @RunToTheFinish
    February 27, 2013

    i love how mizfit practices gratitude with her daughter. I think that’s something I would have truly benefited from as a child… I was a lonely only and definitely still thought life wasn’t fair :)
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  14. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    February 27, 2013

    I struggle with gratitude, too! I always tell myself that I need to be thankful for what I have instead of upset about what I don’t have…but it’s never easy. It’s something I need to work on every day. All I can say is to continue to work at it and focus on the positives of life! :)
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  15. Katie @momslrb
    February 27, 2013

    I think it’s important for E to see that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. At thanksgiving we took food to the Crisis Nursery and we plan to do it as many times during the year as possible. He may not get it but as he grows up, I want him to see that we have it pretty good and we should not only be grateful but we should give back.
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  16. Jess
    February 27, 2013

    Gratitude is beautiful. It’s also more rare than it should be. I think we all fall into the habit of not seeing the forest through the trees (or however that saying goes lol) and losing sight of the bigger picture, of what’s truly important. I LOVE the idea of a gratitude jar…I should follow suit with you on this one, I’ve been trying VERY hard to live with gratitude first more often than not this year, and a jar would keep me accountable to that goal, for sure.
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  17. beka @ rebecca roams
    February 27, 2013

    I love the idea of a gratitude jar! If (when) I have kiddies that will absolutely be one of the first things I incorporate into their little lives. Maybe it could become a family tradition with fun stuff associated to it like a weekly drawing out of the gratitude jar to talk about + movie time on a Saturday night w/popcorn and treats.
    Every week, even if I don’t write it down I reflect to see what I’m thankful for – a lot of blogs doing Thankful Thursdays definitely helps as a reminder ;)
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  18. jobo
    February 27, 2013

    I LOVE this – attitude of gratitude – similar to what I have on my mind lately and want to be cognizant of always. I love how you tied this back to the perspective you gain from your kids. You must ‘learn’ from them every single day, just as they learn from you!
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  19. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    February 27, 2013

    I’ve been wrestling with these questions lately… how to cultivate the values and character in our daughter, especially when they can be so counter-cultural (more! bigger! better!) It doesn’t seem like there are any easy answers, but you have a great starting point! And I agree, modeling is key.
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  20. ilene
    February 27, 2013

    I am in desperate need of gratitude this year! I’l get it but then it quickly slips away. Forget about my kids – I need that jar! Well, I think we all need it actually. If I could focus a little more on what I have rather than what I don’t, I could me much happier right now. I can’t wait to follow along this project with you!
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  21. Jess
    February 27, 2013

    It is a tricky one isn’t it! Especially teaching it to your children! I have worked with kids a lot and whenever I have come across one that has that sense of gratitude it is truly wonderful and you always remember that kid! My parents took me to visit my Grandma in San Diego when I was 4 and we went across the border for a day to see Tijuana. The poverty was so shocking to me at that age. I remember seeing kids my size begging for money and food. Me and by bro and sis tried to divi up our pennies and share them with as many kids as possible. I was so devastated when we ran out of coins to give them- as it felt like hope. Anyway, kind of a full on way to indirectly teach gratitude but I have never forgotten or appreciated how well we lived!
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  22. jan
    February 27, 2013

    Hmm, not fair is a banned phrase in this house. My son has to pay me a dollar every time I catch him saying it. LOL

    In other news I love the aquarium photo!
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    • admin
      February 27, 2013

      ohmygosh best idea ever! Maybe I’ll put a jar for the dollars next to the gratitude jar? :-)

  23. Shell
    February 28, 2013

    I love the idea of a gratitude jar- and it seems like it’s okay to start that whenever- it doesn’t have to be a beginning of the year thing!
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